Thank you to Laura Collins-Hughes for her interview with me, and lovely resulting preview piece on For Colored Girls…! Ntozake would be thrilled to know the story of her work is being shared with this wide audience. And thanks also to photographer Flo Ngala for making our portrait session such a joy!
I am honored to have been asked to write an introduction to a feature on the legendary director Lloyd Richards for the Winter edition of the SDC Journal. Guest Editor Mary Robinson notes that It's the union's 60th anniversary, and this feature on Lloyd will be part of a series exploring important members from SDC's past, and will feature items from Richards' papers held by the Beineke Library at Yale. I never had the chance to meet Mr. Richards, but his work, writing and reputation were a major factor in my decision to apply to Yale Drama. I'm humbled to be able to honor my silent mentor in this way.
I’m so thrilled to finally share the names of my stunning, fierce, intelligent, brave and beautiful cast with the world! They are: Jocelyn Bioh, Celia Chevalier, Danaya Esperanza, Jayme Lawson, Adrienne C. Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili and Alexandria Wailes. Tremendous gratitude to Heidi Griffiths and everyone in the Casting Dept. at The Public. More details on Playbill.com!
Rupi and I are beyond excited to be joining Week 10 of the season as residents at SPACE on Ryder Farm. We’re looking forward to continuing the work we began last summer when the brilliant Joanna Pfaelzer teamed Rupi and I up at New York Stage and Film. I’m also really looking forward to getting to spend some time with the rest of this incredible cohort (top L to R): Frankie J. Alvarez, Marty Brown, Olivia Clement, Erin Courtney, Leah C. Gardiner, Rupi Kaur, Shayan Lotfi, Michelle Moncayo and Mara Nelson-Greenberg.
I am so grateful to the brilliant ladies of my For Colored Girls creative team—all women of color!!!—for the brilliance they are bringing to the design process. This image is just a little hint about the magic we’re making. So THANK YOU, Myung Hee Cho (set), Jiyoun Chang (lights), Toni-Leslie James (clothes), Martha Redbone (original music), and Megumi Katayama (sound). And, of course, the brilliant choreographer Camille A. Brown! (With a special shout out to producers Yuvika Tolani and Garlia Cornelia Jones for their support!)
I am honored, humbled and profoundly grateful to bring Ntozake Shange’s masterpiece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf back to The Public Theater. Zake’s choreopoem is a classic of the theatrical cannon which continues to speak to generation after generation, and I my collaborators and I can not wait to create a production that speaks to what it means to be a ‘colored girl’ in today’s world. Thank you, Oskar Eustis, and THANK YOU dear Ntozake for trusting me with your baby. I feel you with me every day and I know we will make this production all that you had hoped and imagined.
‘Tis the season for awards in NYC! I was honored to be the “plus-one” of Tony-nominee (and my fabulous collaborator) Camille A. Brown at last night’s Chita Rivera Awards. The fact that Camille was presenting the SDC Director Award to my dear friend and mentor, George C. Wolfe, made it extra special. I was also thrilled to cheer on the nominees from my production of IF PRETTY HURTS…: Raja Feather Kelly, nominated for Outstanding Choreographer, and the entire cast of the show, nominated for Outstanding Ensemble - Off-Broadway.
The annual New Dramatists luncheon is always such a treat. I love catching up with with friends, sharing all the latest news, laughs…and a glass of wine or 2…… It all began many moons ago with these two, and here we are today! Thank you George C. Wolfe, Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, and New Dramatists!
I’m so proud of this production, and it’s nice to know that this important story is resonating with audience and critics alike. Here’s a bit of what they’re saying:
So excited to direct a reading of playwright Doug Langworthy’s translation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Pt. 1 for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ambitious Play On! Festival. The reading is presented in partnership with Classic Stage Company, on Friday, May 31st. Thank you to the ever-brilliant Lue Douthit, whose brainchild this extraordinary undertaking is! For full detalls about all 39 readings taking place from May 29 trough June 30, visit playonfestival.org